How to Handle Winter Driving in Snow and Ice

Tis the season for holiday cheer, winter driving safety tips, and for not so cheerful winter weather-related accidents… It’s important to know how to handle the roads like a pro. Here are a few winter driving tips for handling snow and ice with a bit more ease.

  • If possible, postpone your travel until the roads have been plowed, treated, and cleared. You don’t want to slide off the road, and snow plows don’t want to navigate around disabled vehicles.
  • If you decide to brave the roads, make sure you know what to do in case you become stranded.
  • Make sure you have your winter car emergency kit on hand.
  • Slow down and adjust your speed to the conditions.
  • Give snowplows plenty of room, and don’t pass them.
  • Always make sure to wear your seat belt.
  • Remember that driving is most dangerous when temperatures are near 32 degrees.
  • Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions. Make sure to give them plenty of space.
  • Keep mirrors, windows, and lights clean; keep your lights on.
  • Don’t pass other vehicles on or near bridges.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable driving, pull off of the highway and park at the first safe place.

(List provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation)

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